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Region 6 News Release:   OSHA-03-64
Weds., April 30, 2003
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214)767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221


OSHA Joins Forces with Houston HISD, TEEX, and ASSE to
Address Workplace Safety Rules for Teens

DALLAS -- High school students in Houston are getting real world exposure to job safety, health and environmental conditions thanks to a public-private partnership aimed at reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities among teen workers. The partnership links together the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in an alliance that will bring workplace safety education to students in 23 Houston high schools.

The partnership, the first of its kind in the nation, will be formalized with a signing ceremony at 2 p.m., Weds., May 7, at the HISD Wesleyan Building, 3233 Wesleyan Road, Building B, Room A.

"As part of Secretary Chao's YouthRules! initiative to keep America's working teens safe and healthy while on the job, we developed web sites to provide our young workers with the knowledge they deserve so they can have safe and positive work experiences," OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said. "The YouthRules! Initiative seeks to educate young workers, parents, educators and employers on worker safety."

Through this alliance ASSE and OSHA volunteers are teaching workplace safety and health, and hazard recognition to high school students enrolled in the HISD Career and Technology Education (CATE) programs. TEEX will be conducting train-the-trainer courses for the HISD teachers to certify them as OSHA 10-hour instructors.

OSHA, ASSE, TEEX and HISD have developed training and educational programs for students and teachers based on OSHA's general industry standards. Volunteers will utilize safety and health curricula related to specific industry/technology programs (such as in agriculture, business/office, health science, food production, and trade and industry); educate students about safety, health and environmental fields; and provide train-the-trainer courses to educators each year.

OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov and http://youthrules.dol.gov/.


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